Miami Dade College’s annual Miami International Film Festival begins tomorrow and will host 100+ films from around the world. The various host theaters will be abuzz with filmmakers, producers, directors, writers, actors, and movie aficionados. The festival runs March 2-11, 2012 be sure to check out some international features and most definitely support local films.
But with so many films being screened it’s overwhelming to pick just a few… where to start? You could attend the East Coast Premiere of “Darling Companion”, from Miami native Lawrence Kasdan. “Juan of the Dead” is the pick for anyone who knows that Rule #1 is CARDIO! The buzzworthy film ‘‘The Porcelain Horse” hails from Ecuador and tells the story of an up-and-coming punk-rock band whose world turns upside down when they steal a valuable porcelain horse to pay for their drug habit. Or check out “Lemon” which is about the acclaimed poet whose claim to fame came from Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. The felon turn Tony winner find himself back in the projects, but he’s looking for a way out with poetry. The hip-hop cameos are strong with this one. The highly anticipated Starz series “Magic City” will screen their pilot episode during the fest also! If you’ve caught them filming around town it should be interesting to be a part of the premiere. Bring on the drug dealers, strippers, gangsters and cops!
There will be red carpet events with noteworthy names and many of the films will have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers, so keep an eye out for that. The screenings will also be held in some of Miami’s most beautiful and unique venues… many you probably have never seen. For example the Coral Gables Art Cinema, O Cinema and Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. Or you could choose a location that is more off the beaten path like the Freedom Tower or Wynwood Walls.
If you’re an aspiring director, producer or the like MIFF also educates those interested in making movies with their Master Class seminars. It’s an experience to be had! I’m still glad I was able to see the original Girl With Dragon Tattoo two years ago, right around the time US rumors began of our own version of the film. Or listening to Bob Smeaton talk about his journey with The Beatles which inspired a film.
Visit the schedule and let us know which movies you’re thinking about seeing in the comments.